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March 7, 2006
IRVINE ? The No. 2-ranked UC Irvine men's volleyball team matched a school record from 2003 with its 10th straight win, topping No. 10-ranked Loyola-Chicago a 30-21, 30-26, 30-28, in nonconference match Monday at Crawford Court. Matt Webber led UCI (16-3) with 23 kills. Webber only made two hitting errors in 33 attempts. Middle blockers Aaron Harrell and David Smith hit .917 and .733, respectively, for the Anteaters. For Harrell, it was the second-best hitting percentage in one match in school history.
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February 6, 2009
Ben Bodipo-Memba has been named an assistant coach for the UC Irvine women’s volleyball team, Coach Paula Weishoff announced. Prior to joining the Anteater staff, Bodipo-Memba spent seven years on staff at Georgia Tech, serving as the program’s associate head coach the last two years. During his tenure, he helped the Yellow Jackets to three NCAA appearances, two Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season titles (2003, 2004) and an ACC Tournament championship (2002). Bodipo-Memba was in charge of the Georgia Tech offense for five years before becoming the program’s defensive coordinator in 2007, producing three honorable mention All-American middle blockers and four all-conference selections.
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January 31, 2005
Barry Faulkner It is, perhaps, fitting that each and every one of USC senior Blake Tippett's team-leading kills this season will induce pain. The Newport Harbor High product's rise to collegiate stardom, you see, has been all about overcoming obstacles. Tippett was the Newport-Mesa Player of the Year and a first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division III performer as a Sailor senior in 2001. But, at 6-foot-2, well shorter than those typically allowed to attack towering collegiate blockers, he failed to register on the recruiting radar.
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October 10, 2001
Barry Faulkner The message did not self-destruct in 10 seconds. In fact, instructions for the Estancia High defensive line's "Mission: Impossible" just kind of lingered there, initially, unembraced by those who would eventually carry them out. "We basically asked them to 'Stand in front of a tank and let it run over you,' " Estancia Coach Jay Noonan said of his defensive scheme to submarine the wall of blockers that...
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By Matt Szabo | March 21, 2007
NEWPORT COAST — On a boys' volleyball team that has freshmen and sophomores as five of its six starters, it's probably normal to experience some growing pains. Sage Hill School learned that the hard way Tuesday night, dropping a 25-19, 25-18, 25-18 nonleague match against University High at Sage Hill. The Lightning (5-3), ranked No. 5 in the most recent CIF Southern Section Division V coaches' poll, have shown flashes this year, and were coming off an impressive five-game win against San Marino on Friday.
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By Dominic Perrone | October 4, 2006
HUNTINGTON BEACH ? Three straight road matches may seem treacherous, but for the Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team it is just practice. Each match in the Sailors' longest road trip of the season has prepared the team for the trip to the next opponent's gym. A drive out to Temecula to face Great Oak and a visit to Laguna Beach helped prep the team for its first Sunset League contest at Edison, Sailors' Coach Dan Glenn said. And the results have all been four-game victories for the Sailors, the latest a 23-25, 25-16, 25-15, 25-17, win over Edison Tuesday.
NEWS
April 2, 2005
Rick Devereux There is a reason why the Huntington Beach High boys volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division I. The Oilers have been going through opponents like a hypochondriac goes through tissues during allergy season, running up a perfect 5-0 non-tournament record, losing only one of their 19 games. It looked like host Newport Harbor was going to be yet another sweep at the hands of the Oilers Friday night in a nonleague match, but the Sailors put forth a valiant effort and came up just shy of the upset in Huntington's 25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 15-25, 18-16 victory.
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October 16, 2002
Barry Faulkner This isn't your father's kickoff team. Contrary to the days when kick coverage units were assembled by psychological profiles as much as athletic ability, strategy has overtaken special teams in the 21st Century. So it is that Newport Harbor High football coach Jeff Brinkley can reel off the finer points of each player's responsibility when it comes to containing opposing return efforts. As coaches will openly admit, however, such scheming and chalk board diagrams often come apart under the force of a closely aligned blocking wedge, unless the players carrying out the orders are as determined and as they are well-drilled.
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June 26, 2012
Corona del Mar High senior outside hitter Parker Brown and senior setter Joe Ctvrtlik shared the Pacific Coast League MVP in boys' volleyball after the Sea Kings repeated as undefeated league champions. Joining Brown and Ctvrtlik on the first team are senior middle blockers Jack Reed and Remy Lamons. The quartet led CdM (25-7, 10-0 in league) to its second straight CIF Southern Section Division 2 title appearance. The four also played in the 35th annual Dave Mohs Orange County High School All-Star Match for seniors.
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By Barry Faulkner | September 15, 2007
More scoot than scat, more jolt than juke and more zoom than zigzag, Nathan Barnett’s typical kickoff return is usually the shortest distance between reception and the opponent’s goal line. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound sophomore receiver said that beyond the blocking of his Orange Coast College football teammates, the success or failure of any return typically comes down to a single, split-second decision designed to exploit any fleeting crevice in the coverage unit. “You start out with Plan A, but you already have a Plan B,” said Barnett,” a catalytic field-position converter who returned two kicks for touchdowns as a freshmen, when he averaged 32.8 yards on 14 attempts.
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May 1, 2014
UC Irvine junior libero Michael Brinkley and senior middle blocker Scott Kevorken have been named All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Assn. Brinkley was named first-team All-American for the second consecutive year. He becomes the third Anteater to earn first-team accolades twice in a career, joining Carson Clark (2010, 2012) and Kevin Tillie (2012, 2013). The libero averaged 2.52 digs per set and recorded double-figure digs 13 times this season, including a season-high 18 in a three-set win over Long Beach State on March 28. Brinkley, the only UCI player to play in every set this year, ranks second all-time in UCI digs.
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By Matt Szabo | October 25, 2013
Carolyn Bockrath has come a long way during her career with the Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team, but the distance that could best represent her progress might be a mile exactly. Players need to run a seven-minute mile as part of varsity tryouts. Bockrath was able to do so in the past, but only with the help of Newport girls' cross country and track coach Eric Tweit. "Last year, I got 6:54 with a lot of help," Bockrath said. "[Tweit] rode his bike next to me. There was no way I wasn't going to make my mile.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 30, 2013
Even as they towered over most of their teammates and competitors, and flew high over the net, the 6-foot-7 Collin Mehring and 6-9 Kyle Russell operated well below the radar last season with the UC Irvine men's volleyball team. Mehring, a junior middle blocker, redshirted in 2010, then played in only one match in each of his next two seasons. There were times last season when, unable to crack the 12-man lineup for intrasquad scrimmages, the product of St. Francis High near San Jose would work the scoreboard during practices with the 2012 NCAA champion Anteaters.
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June 26, 2012
Corona del Mar High senior outside hitter Parker Brown and senior setter Joe Ctvrtlik shared the Pacific Coast League MVP in boys' volleyball after the Sea Kings repeated as undefeated league champions. Joining Brown and Ctvrtlik on the first team are senior middle blockers Jack Reed and Remy Lamons. The quartet led CdM (25-7, 10-0 in league) to its second straight CIF Southern Section Division 2 title appearance. The four also played in the 35th annual Dave Mohs Orange County High School All-Star Match for seniors.
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By Barry Faulkner | June 1, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — Emerging from a collection of Orange County's elite players, some of whom provided him a comfortable shadow from which to operate at Corona del Mar High, was apparently not sufficient for Sea Kings senior Jack Reed on Friday night. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker also came off the bench to capture Most Valuable Player honors and lead the South to a 25-16, 20-25, 15-11 triumph in the 35th edition of the Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County Boys' High School All-Star Match at Newport Harbor High.
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By Barry Faulkner | May 5, 2012
LOS ANGELES - All through its postseason run, the deepest team UC Irvine men's volleyball Coach John Speraw ever had kept shuffling the deck. But in the NCAA final against top-ranked USC on Saturday night, the Anteaters merely rode their same hot hand. Senior opposite Carson Clark, a four-time All-American, pounded a match-high 22 kills with a .465 hitting percentage to help the No. 2-ranked 'Eaters top to Trojans, 25-22, 34-32, 26-24, in front of 9,612 at USC's Galen Center.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 21, 2012
IRVINE - UC Irvine junior Kevin Tillie grew up in France and played his first two collegiate men's volleyball seasons in Canada. So, when it came to assessing the storied NCAA championship history of the Anteaters' Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinal opponent on Saturday, UCLA was not so much an imposing force as a pain in the rear. Rather than 19 NCAA titles and the swan-song 50th season of legendary Bruins Coach Al Scates, all Tillie could think about was his woeful negative .222 hitting percentage (two kills on nine attempts with four errors)
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By Matt Szabo | November 25, 2011
In terms of height, Zoe Kreitenberg has not grown much during her four years at Sage Hill School. Coach Dan Thomassen said Kreitenberg's height already stood out the first day she showed up to volleyball practice as a freshman. "She didn't come into any of our summer camps or anything," Thomassen said. "She just walked into our tryouts the first day, and I hadn't seen her. All I knew was that she was tall. " Kreitenberg has always played middle blocker for the Lightning.
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By Matt Szabo | November 3, 2011
The position for Corona del Mar High senior Britton Taylor is middle blocker, but she's become more of a pure force in the middle than just a pure blocker. Taylor has been racking up kills totals lately for the CdM girls' volleyball team that would make some outside hitters jealous. A career-high 18 kills in a Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions quarterfinal win over Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach. Fourteen kills the next morning - along with a season-high eight blocks - in the semifinals against Los Angeles Marymount.
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By Matt Szabo | October 28, 2011
Maggie Danner had to sacrifice some of her statistics two weeks ago when she moved from outside hitter to middle blocker. Middle blockers don't always rack up the kills. With freshman middle blocker Kekai Whitford out with an abdominal injury, that was the position where the Sage Hill School girls' volleyball team needed Danner. Danner, a junior who also plays outside hitter in club volleyball, said at first it was a bit hard to make such a change mid-season. But the newly-minted middle blocker blocked out any negative thoughts prior to the Lightning's huge Academy League match at rival St. Margaret's on Oct. 18. Danner still was her normal steady self.
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